Date(s) - 05/23/2017
North Korea’s Nuclear Program: Implications for Washington State and U.S.-China-Korea Relations His Excellency Moon Duk-ho, information pills Consul-General of the Republic of Korea, will share off-the-record insights with an exclusive audience.
As North Korea increases its ballistic missile capabilities, its long-range missiles would put Washington State and much of the U.S. west coast within potential range. As South Korea’s security ally, the United States has deployed the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea to mitigate growing security risks. China strongly opposes the THAAD and has taken economic retaliatory actions against South Korea. South Korea’s upcoming special presidential election has significant potential security and economic implications for the country’s relationship with the United States, North Korea, and China.
What could be the cascading effects of these developments, both near-term and longer-term, for Washington State’s economy—which is closely linked with both South Korea and China? Amid potential disruptions in the global supply chain, what should Washington State businesses do to navigate uncertainty in US-China relations with respect to Korean policy and strategic actions? This briefing will explore these questions from the perspectives of South Korea—an important economic partner and security ally for Washington and the United States—and within the context of broader connections linking Washington, China, Korea, and the United States.